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Yes, there is Room at the Inn

Jeremy Anderson, left, Chasidy Ellis and their one-year-old son, Chance Anderson, prepared to sleep Dec. 21 at Christ the King Church in University City. The church serves as a night site for Room at the Inn, a ministry that provides temporary emergency shelter for homeless women and families. Room at the Inn uses space in churches, synagogues and mosques to house people.

A few days before Christmas, Jeremy Anderson sat in the basement of Christ the King Church in University City with his girlfriend and one-year-old son as they ate a barbecue dinner.

It was not exactly where they'd hoped to be, but the food was warm and the conversation was good. They were grateful to have found Room at the Inn.

Anderson had been working in security at a hotel in Las Vegas last year. A mass shooting at a concert near the Mandalay Bay hotel left him stressed. His employer gave him time off work, but it was just too much.

Ministry to prostitutes pulls together resources, agencies

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The women walk along several thoroughfares of south St. Louis, often identified with a Polar Pop Styrofoam cup in hand. Men pull up in their cars, the financial terms are agreed upon and the women hop in the vehicle.

Earlier this summer, neighbors had enough, and enlisted their alderwoman and the police in helping to crack down on the prostitution. Several times the police went undercover and made multiple arrests of the women and their customers. Media reports noted that many of the women are homeless or addicted to drugs.

Wide-ranging ministry connects seniors with their parish

Josephine Insalaco received a hug from two-year-old Macoy Van Cleave who ran up to her after showing off his dance moves. Also pictured are Helen Schodroski, left, and Carole Brueggemann, right. Students at Assumption Early Learning Center performed songs, dances, shared prayer and read stories with members of the parish’s senior ministry on a recent visit.

Bob McHugh held the attention of the pre-kindergarten class with an animated and interactive reading of "If You Give a Mouse a Brownie" by Laura Numeroff. He drummed with his hand and asked the children about playing a guitar at the appropriate times in the book.

"That's a good book. I'm going to go home and make some brownies," McHugh said with a chuckle as he finished reading.

Appeal builds the Church, reaches out in charity

Lindenwood University Newman Center has moved to a new building off campus and its expanded facilities include a chapel. Students held their weekly spiritual group talk and ate a barbeque together. Henry Geerling and Sarah Entwistle smiled as the listened to a talk on the Euchartist. In the background are Matt Deken, Nick Loeffler and Connor Stinehart.

Most of us are fortunate enough to have our basic needs met. Food, clothing and housing are essentials that generally are easy to come by; but for thousands in the archdiocese, the reality is much different.

Through the Annual Catholic Appeal, Catholics are called to build the Church through their generous support, which makes possible thousands of miracles in the lives of those the Church serves every day.

Less stress, more rewards when faith unites with work

People participate in the work of creation by means of their labor, and work united to Christ can be redemptive.

Those statements in the Catechism of the Catholic Church are on target for Catholics of the archdiocese who find God plays a role in their work and helps it become spiritually rewarding.

Career Change

In her work, Eileen Wolfington discovered that she loves teaching — not in a formal classroom setting, but in enhancing the information and skills people already have.

Women’s ministry shares ideal women are ‘enough’

Paul Coakley hadn't been feeling well in the fall of 2014. He saw a doctor in September, but nothing seemed out of the ordinary. At Thanksgiving he got a cold, and by December he began coughing up blood.

Two days before Christmas, a visit to a specialist reveled he had testicular cancer, which had metastasized to his lungs and other places in his body. Less than a month later, he died.

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